Harvard Health Letter

Bad backs: Are you happy with your treatment?

A new tool called a decision aid can help make sure people with a herniated disc understand all aspects of treatment. The tool is a questionnaire with multiple-choice questions. It also asks about patient goals and concerns to see if surgical or nonsurgical options may best meet their needs. A doctor can take the results and address any knowledge gaps. The survey has already shown, in clinical studies, that it’s made a difference to patients and helped to ensure that the right candidate for herniated disc surgery is in the operating room.
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